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DIY: Stationery Gift Idea

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I don’t know about you, but I’m forever looking for cute stationery! I love giving handmade cards with all my gifts. With a few printable templates you can create a whole year’s supply in one day. 

Handmade stationery cards make charming gifts for bridal showers, housewarming gifts, or the holidays. Package your cards in special displays and viola…super cuteness! For example….

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You could package your cards in this little wooden basket (from Hobby Lobby) with some pretty stripe fabric! 

Or wrap your cards in a cute box

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Here are a few charming hand-drawn printable greeting cards I found on an Etsy shop called Designed By Dani N which would be cute for a stationery gift set.

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                   Gold Dots Congratulations Printable Card

image                                   Hello Polka Dot Printable Card

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image                               Handwritten Hello Printable Card

 image                                       Gold And Black Printable Card

image             Love & Friendship/ Tarjeta Amor y Amistad Printable

*** A very special Thank you to Designed By Dani N for allowing us to use their photos. 

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How To DIY Printable Wedding Stationery

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I spend my days buried in wedding invitations. First I designed, printed, assembled, and shipped invitations to brides. Now I help brides create their own gorgeous invitations at home. DIYing your invitations is a great way to save money and it is much easier than you may think to get jaw-dropping one-of-a-kind pieces.

The DIY invitation process can be as simple as using a printable template to print, trim, and ship. Or if you are the crafty/creative/move mountains type of person your invitation suite can be as elaborate as your mind can dream up. 

image                          Engagement Party Invitation Printable

However you approach your invitations the following five tips will save you from a hand-made disaster and lift you into invitation folklore.

1. Splurge on fancy envelopes. 

Splurge is subjective as spending a few extra dollars on good quality envelopes to coordinate with your DIY invitations is still going to save you a bunch of cash over more traditional invitation options. The best part of DIYing your invitations is you get them to look exactly as you want, and this includes not being restricted to the envelopes that come in ‘the set’. Buy envelopes in a coordinating color to your invitations or wedding theme. Envelopes come in every color under the sun, and all different paper finishes, from bold and sparkly, to ever so slightly nuanced. You will be amazed at how opening a luxurious envelope sets a positive tone for the reader. 

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2. Use a standout font. 

I’m a bit of a font collector and love to come across a new and unusual font, particularly when the font is free! There are tons of free fonts available online and a quick Pinterest search on ‘free fonts’ will bring up collections of fonts to suit any need. Your font choices can set the mood as much as the graphics and envelope color. Fonts can be bold, daring, vintage, casual, personal, classic, and romantic. They can say punk, and gothic, or black tie affair. My rule of thumb is to use two fonts on your invitation and carry these throughout your invitation suite. Use a standout font for the bride and groom’s names, such as a handwritten, script, or vintage font. Use an easier to read font for the rest of the details.

image                   Watercolor Floral Wedding Invitation Printable

3. Trim to size. 

As a designer, this is the oldest trick in the book to take your invitations from looking home made, to looking professionally finished. You can create your invitation in any size (just make sure you can buy envelopes to fit), with the standard invitation size being 5×7”. When designing your invitations you can fit two 5×7” invitations on one sheet of paper (hello to saving on printing costs). Design the graphic to go just past the edge of the 5×7” border, this is called the bleed. Allow about an 1/8” bleed so that when you trim your invitations down you don’t end up with any white space around the border of your invitation.

Remember to keep your text well within the 5×7” border though. It’s also worth noting that postage varies by invitation size, so it might be worth a trip to the post office with your invitation mock up to get an accurate price for your budget.

image                         Brown Lace Wedding Invitation Printable

4. Paper quality matters.

 The endless possibilities of paper for invitations will put you in a tizzy. First I recommend using a heavier card stock than your standard printer paper. I find 65 lbs to 90 lbs works well and can be handled by most home printers.

Second, get creative with your paper choices. Don’t just think white or cream, though if you have a colorful design to print these are probably your best bet. If you have a neutral color design play up the paper color.

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A black and white design can be printed for pennies at your local copy shop, and can look fantastic on the right paper. Also consider doubling up your paper. Use a colored, patterned or textured backing card cut to 5×7”, and print your design and details on a slightly smaller sheet of plain paper that can be adhered on top with double sided tape. Corrugated card, vellum, and scrapbooking paper all make good backing cards.

image                         Winter Wonderland Invitation Printable

5. Check, check, and re-check. 

Before committing to print your entire invitation suite print off one copy and look over it for alignment issues, spacing, spelling, dates, grammar etc. Have a second set of eyes read over to catch anything that you may have missed. Then read over it one final time before hitting the print key. There is nothing worse than printing off 100 copies only to find instead of May 23, you typed May 2. Who wants to have a wedding three weeks earlier?!

Invitations set the mood to your wedding, and with a little bit of patience and planning you can create a custom suite without the custom price tag.

 *** A special Thank You to Michelle, owner of Insite Creative Designs for allowing us to use her photos. You can see their entire line of Printable Downloads Here.       

image                  Tiffany Blue Checkered Bridal Shower Printable

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DIY: WEDDING FAVOR BOX + TAGS - PRINTABLES

Grey, blush and cream tones give a wedding a soft, elegant feeling with a dash of vintage flavor. I just love these colors together and want to share with you this lovely DIY favor box kit from Elli.com. Included you will find a paper box template that’s super easy to assemble, a collection of gift tags and a DIY paper rose to top off the favor box beautifully.

Set behind each guest’s plate as a wedding favor or give to your wedding party, or use them for whatever you like!  Just simply click the link below, download and print.


** Project & Photo Credits Elli.com (Thank You!)

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DIY: Love Notes Box

What You’ll Need:

  • An unfinished wood box (got ours at Michael’s)
  • Metal handle 
  • Spray paint (we used Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze about $3.50)
  • The following free downloads…

  Download Lovenotes
  Download Lovenotescards
  Download Lovenotestags

  • Ribbon
  • 3” circle punch (or you could trace the top of a cup)
  • 3 3/4 ” white scalloped circle (cut with the Cricut or Punch)

STEP ONE:   Gather all of your supplies and print off all the downloads. Cut or punch out the 3” tag and back with the scalloped circle.

STEP TWO:Spray a few coats of paint on the box.
STEP THREE:  Once dry, attach the handle to the top of the box. (We used E6000 glue)

STEP FOUR:  Attach the 3” round tag to the front of the box. (We used glue dots) 

STEP FIVE:  Tie the instructions tag onto the handle with ribbon.

STEP SIX:   Fill the box with blank love notes cards.

STEP SEVEN:  Make one for yourself. Your  will have so much fun leaving each other random love notes.


*** Project and Photo credits: Eighteen25 (Thank You!)

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DIY: ART DECO MONOGRAM STICKER + ENVELOPE LINER

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Click on the link below to download and print the free templates. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions on how to print, trim and finish the envelope liner. 

To use the stickers simply print the template on #8293 Avery 1.5″ round sticker labels and apply. The font used is not available as a free download, so the PDF contains a full sheet of each letter of the alphabet. Just select the page that works for you!  Happy Friday!

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*** A special Thank You to the Elli Blog for sharing this great download.

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DIY: Recipe Card Free Printables

Q. I am planning a recipe theme bridal shower for my sister. I would like to put the recipes together in a cute box as a gift.  Do think a recipe box is tacky? Thanks

A.  I think a recipe box is a sweet gift most brides will enjoy.  You can have the guests write the recipes on matching cards to give it a cohesive appearance. Here are some Free Recipe Card Printables I found on Love VS. Design you might consider using.

KRAFT RECIPE CARD

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CLASSIC RECIPE CARD WITH DIVIDERS

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VINTAGE RECIPE CARD WITH DIVIDERS

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Available in several colors.

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RECIPE CARDS WITH DIVIDERS

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Directions: Easy as cake to make. 

1. Download printable to computer.

2. Print out cards on 8” x 11” cardstock

3. Trim using the crop marks with an X-Acto knife or paper cutter

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DIY: Cotton Candy Party Favors - Free Printables

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The photo above makes me feel nostalgic for my youth. Some of my happiest childhood memories are visiting my grandparents in Myrtle Beach and eating cotton candy on the pier. No matter how old I get, cotton candy memories always make me smile.

If you’re looking for a unique, yet fun wedding favor this next tutorial is for you….

DIY: COTTON CANDY PARTY FAVORS

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

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  • Cotton Candy - My favorite source is Spinn Candy
  • Translucent Paper with white polka dots for the envelopes.
  • White printable sticker paper or white card for labels
  • Double sided tape or glue.
  • Scalpel or Scissors.
  • Color Printer.
  • Rounded corner punch - for envelopes
  • Small clear plastic sealable bags- these will need to fit inside the translucent bag. (If they are too long they can always be folded back slightly).
  • Label design - Download below.
  • Envelope template- DOWNLOAD HERE

Label Downloads

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Aqua Label | Download

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Pink Label | Download

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Green Label | Download

INSTRUCTIONS

Print out your envelope design onto translucent, white polka dot paper and using the scalpel, cut out, score along fold lines (indicated by dotted lines) and construct your envelope. I’ve used double sided tape on the side tabs to stick the envelope together. Use the rounded corner punch on the corners of the lid.

Put your cotton candy into a sealable bag and make sure it is sealed thoroughly. Slip this bag into your translucent envelope.

Print our your labels and cut out with scalpel.  For the rounded semi-circle edge, I found that cutting carefully and slowly with a scissors produced quite an accurate cut and I didn’t need anything more sophisticated than that.

If you are using white card, put a strip of double sided tape along the length of the back of your label and stick onto the front of the bag. (View photos for positioning).

*** Special Thank You …

I want to Thank my friends Tim and Cindy owners of Spinn Candy for inspiring this blog. They make the best hand spun cotton candy you will ever taste.

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Spin Candy can help you with all your cotton candy needs whether for your wedding, birthday party, or a fundraiser program. They also offer wholesale programs for businesses.

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For more information on ordering Cotton Candy, please visit Spinn City online or give them a call at: (908) 291-8190.

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Cute Bicycle Thank You Cards ~ Free Printable

These sweet little cards are perfect for thanking your wedding guests or friends who celebrate with you at your housewarming party or anniversary bash. Print on white card stock, score and fold, and you’ve got quick, easy and super adorable thank you cards.

Download your bicycle thank you cards in pink, mint and blue

                               



* Photo Credit: The Sweetest Occassion

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DIY: Candy Bags {Free Printable}

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I’ve been at a few weddings where buffets are used for dessert. It has become  quite popular, and for good reason. It saves you a bit of money and keeps the guests happy as there’s a lot to choose from and a great variety.

For today’s DIY we have some handy labels you can print on bags to use at your dessert table, be it for a wedding, kitchen tea, or birthday party . They can either be used while serving dessert, or as little doggy bags (there’s always plenty left afterwards – don’t want it to go to waste).

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Instructions for Candy Bags:

Believe it or not, but household (single feed) printers are the best for printing on paper bags. Bigger printers will most definitely get paper jams and create lots of frustration!

Here are some pointers to keep in mind:

1) Change your page size to A5 (or whatever is closest to your paper bags size), and remember to select “fit to page”.

2) Make sure you set the bag up properly in the feed tray of your printer with any loose flaps facing down, away from the side you want printed.

3) Don’t let the design go to close to the outer sides of the bag. 

Download Candy Bags Here

Photo Credits:The Pretty Blog

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